Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm pressured to resign over ‘repeated ethical lapses’ Andrew Gabe Kaminsky, Washington Examiner
- August 15, 2023
Over a dozen conservative groups are demanding that Jennifer Granholm resign over her “repeated ethical lapses” as energy secretary under President Joe Biden.
Granholm has faced significant scrutiny since assuming office in 2021 as the top official in the Energy Department from Republicans, who have alleged the former Democratic Michigan governor has failed to follow federal laws surrounding ethics. A coalition of right-leaning organizations wrote a five-page letter to Biden on Tuesday that alleged Granholm has “disregarded and de-prioritized her ethics obligations at every turn,” citing a handful of examples, and requested the secretary’s “immediate resignation.”
“Since Ms. Granholm’s responses to these allegations have often relied on some variation of ‘it wasn’t my fault,’ this has left the American public wondering where exactly the buck stops in your administration,” the groups, which included the conservative media watchdog Media Research Center, the Heartland Institute think tank, the Energy and Environment Legal Institute, and the ethics watchdogs Protect the Public’s Trust and American Accountability Foundation, wrote in the letter.
The written request to Biden for Granholm’s resignation comes over one month after the secretary faced an ethics complaint from Protect the Public’s Trust over “conflict of interest” concerns stemming from her June admission to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee that her husband, David Mulhern, held Ford Motor Company stock despite the Biden administration approving electric vehicle subsidies that will likely benefit the company.